BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker is allowed to run for mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish.
The 19th Judicial District Court ruled in Wicker’s favor on Tuesday.
The case against Wicker involved allegations that the metro councilwoman did not file some of her state income tax returns in the past.
Metro Councilwoman Wicker released this statement after the ruling came in:
“To say the least, the last few days have been very interesting. I knew that my candidacy for Mayor-President would draw a great deal of attention, but my thought process was geared toward positive attention as that our city is hurting and in need of healing. A challenge to my candidacy never crossed my mind. I have been overwhelmed with support and well wishes, of which I am truly humbled. I pride myself on following the rules and telling the truth.
I have never run a negative campaign in my entire life. It is interesting to note that some saw fit to bring this frivolous and untrue lawsuit because of my message to unify our city and parish by providing responsible leadership.
This is why so many people hate politics and why good people don’t want to run for office. I am not afraid, and I will continue to speak the truth.
We have massive problems in this city. Our murder rate is through the roof, our drainage is terrible, our people are hurting for jobs, and our parish is more divided than ever. These are the issues on which I am laser-beam focused.
I believe that God has called me to help bring integrity and purity back to politics. As a Christian, I know WHO I am, but more importantly, I know WHOSE I am. This lawsuit and the illegitimate purpose behind it will not deter me from being the Leader we need to unite our city. I want to thank my team for their unwavering support; I want to thank everyone for your calls, texts, and emails. God is good.
I want to thank the Court for exercising its infinite wisdom in this case in its ruling. I hope this act of desperation motivates all citizens to get active in the electoral process and get out and vote. Now more than ever, we need strong leaders who can unite us all for a Better Baton Rouge.
I’m running to be the Mayor-President of all East Baton Rouge Parish, and I’m not going anywhere.”
Councilwoman Wicker entered the mayoral race in June.